County Treasurer Sits At $23,000 Office Set, Hired $95,000 Party Planners

January 3, 2011

From CBS 2 Chicago

Pam Zekman

CHICAGO (CBS) — A waste of taxpayers’ money.

That’s how former employees are describing jobs and office activities in the Cook Country Treasurer’s Office. 2 Investigator Pam Zekman and the Better Government Association continue their investigation into how Treasurer Maria Pappas spends your tax dollars.

Pappas once ran her office from a beautiful desk and credenza in her private office. But they were replaced with custom-ordered furniture costing $23,034.

The furniture was part of a much larger redecorating job overseen by high-end interior designer John P. Regas. He was paid an additional $27,000 for his interior design work throughout the treasurer’s office.